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What Are the Pros and Cons of Different Furnace Types?


Furnaces are so popular in part because of the wide range of fuel types that they can utilize. This makes furnaces some of the most versatile heating systems, able to meet a wide range of needs dictated by climate and availability of resources. Which furnace type would be best for your home, though? Let’s look through the pros and cons of different furnace types, and try to determine which one would be best for you.

Natural Gas Furnace

Natural gas furnaces are the most popular of the furnace types. They operate by burning a steady stream of natural gas, which is piped into the house by the city. They are primarily used because natural gas generates quite a bit of heat in relation to the amount burned, making the system quite efficient. However, natural gas furnaces are limited to places that possess the infrastructure for them. If you want a natural gas furnace and your house doesn’t have a gas line, or if you live in an area where you can’t get one, then a natural gas furnace would not be a good choice.

Electric Furnace

Electric furnaces are another popular choice, mostly for their ability to be used more or less anywhere. If you have electricity (which is needed for almost all furnaces anyway) then you can run an electric furnace. Electric furnaces are well known for their energy efficiency, providing heat output with almost no waste. They are also slightly safer than combustion based systems, since they don’t generate any toxic byproducts during operation. Electricity is a more expensive fuel type than most other kinds, however.

Propane Furnace

Propane furnaces are for those people who want a combustion furnace, but don’t have the inclination or the opportunity to install a natural gas furnace. Propane is a fairly cheap fuel that can be found almost anywhere. It provides a good heat output, though it does have one drawback: it needs to be stored. Unlike most other furnace types, propane needs to be stored in tanks somewhere in or near the home. This can be problematic for people with space limitations.

If you aren’t sure which kind of furnace to get for your home, call Advanced Home Services and speak to one of our specialists. We provide quality furnace services throughout Rigby.

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